California Dreamin' (for a while)
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Our body clocks are set to early and it was a quick getaway from Roturoa Holiday Park. We had cycled all of yesterday in the rain, gone to bed in the rain, and woken up in the rain. The rain overnight had been heavy and we were sploshing around in a bog as we packed up the tent.
As we cycled out of Roturoa around the lake, there was yet again an overwhelming aroma of rotten eggs. For once on the trip I had a genuine explanation, "we are in volcanic region, Polly" I offered.
The morning ride was pretty unspectacular
We spent lunch at yet another non-noteworthy North Island spot but consoled ourselves with the fact that we only had 20 miles to go. Back on the bikes we then hit rain again, serious rain. It was the heaviest we have experienced for months and as the streams of water poured down from our necks to our socks we decided to just finish the day off. Cycling is rubbish when it is this bad, wherever you are in the world.
We arrived in Mount Maunganui and things changed. The sail boats on the water reflected the sun that was now making things look good again. We found the most beautifully located campsite and put up the tent. We sorted a hire car without any fuss (for the trip back to Taupo to jump out of a plane) showered, shopped and did supper at ease.
Fingers crossed for the weather tomorrow. We set of at 7am in the car to drive back to Taupo, if all is well I will be jumping at 10am.
Miles Cycled: 52 pretty much wet all the way miles